Working with the Standard - Infrequent Access Storage Class (STANDARD_IA)
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Standard - Infrequent Access Storage Class

Standard - Infrequent Access Storage Class Overview

Amazon S3 team introduced the new storage class that allows you to reduce your storage costs for data that is accessed infrequently but still needs an immediate access.

The new S3 Standard - Infrequent Access (Standard - IA) storage class offers the same high durability (99.999999999%), low latency, and high throughput of S3 Standard and inherits all of the existing S3 features including security and access management, data lifecycle policies, cross-region replication, and event notifications.

Prices for Standard - IA start at $0.0125 per gigabyte per month with a 30 day minimum storage duration for billing, and a $0.01 / gigabyte charge for retrieval (in addition to the usual data transfer and request charges).

You can find more details in the official AWS blog. Below we will describe how to take advantage of this new storage class with S3 Browser.

To apply Standard-IA storage class for existing files

1. Start S3 Browser and select the file(s) and/or folder(s) you want to change storage class for.

2. Click Files, Change Storage Class to, Standard - Infrequent Access

Click files, change-storage-class-to

How to apply Standard-IA storage class for already uploaded files

3. S3 Browser will update storage class for selected files and refresh files list.

To apply Standard-IA storage class for an entire Bucket

1. Start S3 Browser and select the bucket you want to change storage class for.

2. Click Buckets, Change Storage Class to, Standard - Infrequent Access.

Click buckets, change-storage-class-to menu item

How to apply Standard-IA storage class for an entire bucket

3. S3 Browser will apply selected storage class for all files inside the bucket.

If your Amazon S3 Bucket contains a lot of files, this operation may take a while. You can significantly increase performance using S3 Browser Pro. It allows you to increase the number of concurrent working threads and thereby process your files much more faster.

Automatic transition to Standard-IA storage class

You can configure automatic transition to Standard-IA storage class via Lifecycle Rules, please check the instructions below for detailed instructions.

1. Start S3 Browser and select the bucket you want to configure lifecycle rules for

2. Click Buckets, Lifecycle Configuration

Buckets-lifecycle-configuration

Click Buckets, Lifecycle Configuration

Bucket Lifecycle Rules dialog will open:

Buckets-lifecycle-configuration dialog

Bucket Lifecycle Configuration dialog

Click the Add button, New lifecycle Rule dialog will open:

add new rule dialog

Transition to Standard-IA storage class via lifecycle rules

3. Choose the folder if you would like to configure transition to Standard-IA for the particular folder or leave the Path empty to apply Standard-IA storage class for an entire bucket.

4. Check Transition files to Standard - Infrequent Access Storage Class and choose when the transition should take effect - after specified number of days after file creation or on a particular date.

5. Click Add new rule to add new rule into the list and Save to apply changes.

To automatically apply Standard-IA storage class during uploading

You can configure S3 Browser to automatically apply Standard-IA storage class for files during uploading.

1. Click Tools, Default Http Headers

tools-default-http-headers

Click Tools, Default Http Headers

2. Default Http Headers dialog will open

default-http-headers-dialog

Default HTTP Headers dialog.

3. Click the Add button, Add new Default Http Header dialog will open:

add-default-http-header

Add new Default Http Header dialog

4. Specify the Bucket and optional Path and the following Header name and value:
Header name: - x-amz-storage-class
Header value: - STANDARD_IA

5. Click Add new header to add new header into the list and Save changes

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